Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Houston, TX USA
I purchased a new reproduction hose from Classic Industries for a small block V8.. The hose I received did not have the proper size fittings on either end! The side that screwed into the steering box had threads that were too small to engage the threads in the box. The other end had a fitting that was supposed to be used with an O-ring and my pump has the flange/flare set-up. Even if the ends were correct, the bends in the metal tubing at both ends would not have allowed me to use the hose, or if I had been able to use the hose, it would have to have made some strange twists and turns to work. I ended up cutting the fittings off of my old hose, and then welding them onto the new hose after I shortened and got rid of a lot of extra steel tubing. The result is a hose that comes off the pump and does a 90* down turn and within two inches goes to tubing. Then it snakes under the frame stand and then follows the subframe back up to where the upper A-arm bolts and then bends and runs up to the top of the box where I welded on the other single 90* end and it bolts into the top of the box. When it was all said and done, I had almost 8 extra inches of metal that I cut off the new hose. It all works perfectly now with no leaks. I am by no means bashing Classic-I just wanted to make clear that through the years, my pump, and steering box must have gotten changed out-probably several times! I agree that someone needs to make a custom hose for a fair price that will go in without any issues.
1969 Camaro SS 350-383ci./365HP, T-56, 12 bolt, Power Trax Locker, 3.73 gears, 4 whl disc, Deluxe black houndstooth interior, rear window defogger, tilt steering, floor console w/gauge package, center mntd. clock, tachometer